An EKG Mural on Ludlow Street as Commentary on Richard Prince
Copying a copier who copies. That’s the gist of this new mural in the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street.
Street artist Adrian Wilson a few weeks ago replaced his two-year-old effort – “You’re here, now what?” – with a spoof on controversial creative Richard Prince.
The mural is a life-size Instagram recreation of Prince’s profile with a series of his forged signatures as EKG printouts. That eventually flatline.
“Richard Prince always copies other people’s work, so I copied his Instagram page,” Wilson tells us. “I then copied his signature and used it to create an electrocardiogram which flatlines.”
“The message is clearly about going bigger than him, copying his most legally protected asset and showing that copying leads to the death of originality.“
Richard Prince is an American painter and photographer who struck controversy early in his career (1970s) by re-photographing others’ photographs.
Wilson also had a purple Prince dedication in this same lot after the singer’s death in 2016.